Published On: Tue, Mar 25th, 2014


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Toss Sri Lanka, who chose to field

Player of the match AD Mathews (Sri Lanka)

Umpires PR Reiffel (Australia) and RJ Tucker (Australia)

TV umpire S Ravi (India)

Match referee J Srinath (India)

Reserve umpire Aleem Dar (Pakistan)

Sri Lanka in T20 World Cup match against Netherlands in the main draw having taken a new world record today. The Netherlands team in leveraging within only 39 runs in the Twenty20 international cricket team, the lowest score of any records of wind made it inside. Then disembark in response to Sri Lanka lost a wicket in just 5 overs for 40 runs and took nine wickets to achieve victory.

Sri Lanka`s win today was the largest margin of victory in terms of balls remaining as they overhauled the target — by reaching 40 for one — with 15 overs to spare.

The previous largest margin of victory in terms of balls remaining in a Twenty20 International was Ireland`s 10-wicket victory over Kenya at Dubai International Cricket Stadium in March 2012, which was achieved with 76 ball (12.4 overs) to spare.

Ajantha Mendis took 3-12, Angelo Mathews grabbed 3-16 and Lasith Malinga grabbed 2-5, as the Netherlands suffered ignominy in their opening Group One Super-10 match.

It was a big embarrassment for the Netherlands, who made themselves proud for being the only Associate side to qualify for the Super-10 stage after their remarkable win over higher-ranked Ireland. They were shot out in just 10.3 overs after Sri Lanka sent them in to bat on a flat batting pitch.

Five batsmen failed to score as the Netherlands, who qualified after beating Ireland in a high-scoring run-chase in the first round, were left embarrassed in their first big test.

Sri Lankan captain Dinesh Chandimal said Mathews did the initial damage. “Angelo gave a good start and Malinga and Ajantha finished it off. I am very happy. We won’t be underestimating any team,” said Chandimal.

The Dutch captain said his players were embarrassed. “We let a few people down. It was just us representing the Associates and we’ve got to do a lot better,” said Borren.

“Everything was a bit of a rush. It’s not the first time the top-order has played at this level and it’s not been this bad,” he said.

“It was always going to be a struggle for the lower order against Mendis and Malinga. The guys up in the dressing room are very embarrassed and hopefully we can show you guys in the next few games of what we can really do,” Borren said.

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